Festival That Launched Who, Hendrix Revisited

Monterey Pop Revisited to commemorate 1967 weekend that inspired Woodstock.

Members of '60s groups Jefferson Airplane, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Country Joe and the Fish will congregate June 15-17 at Monterey Pop Revisited at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

The event will commemorate the legendary Monterey Pop Festival, which inspired the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The Monterey fest took place June 16-18, 1967, and united 200,000 music fans in a fiesta of flower power, peace, love and groundbreaking music. It helped make stars out of Otis Redding, the Who, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, Eric Burdon and the Animals and especially Jimi Hendrix, who set his guitar ablaze at the conclusion of his fiery set.

Sponsored by the Monterey History & Art Association, Monterey Pop Revisited will both celebrate the original festival's musical wealth and examine its historical significance.

"We're looking at this as a course in pop culture," said Linda Jaffe, executive director of the Monterey History & Art Association. "But the instructors this time are the folks who made the history, not some musty old classroom professors."

Which should be well and good, assuming the instructors didn't have too much fun to actually remember the event. Mamas and Papas singer Michelle Phillips — the ex-wife of original festival organizer and group founder John Phillips, who died in March — will speak at the reunion, as will renowned filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker, who directed the 1969 movies "Monterey Pop" and "Jimi Plays Monterey."

"Pennebaker is shooting the whole symposium digitally," said Jaffe, "because he wants to make the entire Monterey Pop anthology available on DVD, and this event will bring us full circle."

Confirmed performers for Monterey Pop Revisited include Country Joe McDonald, Bruce Barthol, Barry Melton and David Cohen of Country Joe and the Fish; Steve Katz, Roy Blumenfeld and Andy Kulberg of The Blues Project; and Mark Naftalin of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady will also attend the event.

Other participants will include Tom Wilkes, who designed the original Monterey Pop artwork; photographers Elaine Mayes, Tom O'Neal and Lisa Law, who shot the 1967 event; and journalist Joel Selvin, author of the books "Monterey Pop" and "Summer of Love."